When Sustainability meets Saving money

Everyone wants to save money. Whether to fit within a budget or to have more money to buy things that make us happy. Most of the time, lowering the price of a product (production costs) requires not to care about sustainable development. As a result, sustainability is often in opposition with saving money and cheaper products have the worst impact on the environment. On the other hand, in some cases sustainability and saving money harmonize perfectly.

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How to Avoid Toxic Dyes in Your Clothing?

The subject dyes is little discussed when considering sustainability and ecological footprint of a garment. We are more inclined to take into account the organic culture of the fibers, the transformation processes of these fibers or the conditions of the workers when it comes time to make a purchase. As a result, there are not many companies who are interested in putting the effort necessary to detail the dyes used on their clothing. It doesn’t seem to be one of the most interesting sides for the public, and yet it should be.

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Findhorn – ECOVILLAGE

It was a rainy day in the fall of 2014, but rays of sunshine slowly appeared on the horizon. With a somewhat distracted ear, I listened to the rattle of the train on the rails. I had been travelling for about twelve hours, and I was beginning the last part of my trip towards northeast Scotland. Verdant hills rolled along the horizon, where herds of sheep grazed, and trees and sharp cliffs stood tall. Upon my arrival in the town of Forest, I embarked on a bus to the small maritime village of Findhorn nested between bay and sea, right on the sandy hills.

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Whole Village – ECOVILLAGE

In the summer of 2013, I discovered Whole Village thanks to a series of videos on YouTube. Later that year, some “La Cité Écologique” residents went to Ontario to visit this ecovillage located about an hour’s drive north of Toronto, as a meeting was held there for the Canadian ecovillage network. A few months later, at the beginning of 2014, a resident of Whole Village at the time, Peter, came to La Cité for a short internship. We shared a living space for a few weeks and, when he left, I told him I would one day visit him at Whole Village.

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La Cité Écologique – ECOVILLAGE

In my opinion, the biggest difference between our ecovillage and other similar places would be our financial independence. Although we are not self-sufficient in terms of food and do not live off the grid, those are goals we could meet in the long run. For now, all of us work for a company that belongs to La Cité Écologique’s residents. From the beginning, we have been working hard for companies that are now flourishing. This level of entrepreneurship is often less developed in ecovillages which focus solely on sustainable development. Yes, ecology is a priority, but we have found a balance between sustainable and economic development.

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